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Replacing red meat with plant protein will help you live longer better

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated there was enough evidence to classify processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”


In the first study, which tracked more than 37,000 Americans with an average age of 50, those who ate the most plant protein were 27% less likely to die of any cause and 29% less likely to die of coronary heart disease when compared to people who ate the least amount of plant protein.

“It isn’t enough just to avoid red meat — it’s also about what you choose to eat in place of red meat,” Dr. Zhilei Shan, lead study author and postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a news release.

Shan pointed out that nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains contain more than just protein. They include healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidant “phytochemicals,” which he said “have been associated with lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.”

Banned drugs are in your meat

A Consumer Reports investigation states the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) own research shows that drugs prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are being detected in U.S. produced beef, poultry, and pork. And the USDA, which is responsible for food safety in the USA, is not doing anything about it.

Six cooking habits that undermine your diet

Lesley Beck, Globe and Mail:

If your goal is to eat a healthier diet – one that’s packed with nutrient- and antioxidant-rich whole foods – consider adding more home-cooked meals to your menu.

Research has found that people who frequently eat home-cooked meals have a higher intake of fruit and vegetables, healthier cholesterol and blood sugar levels and a lower risk of being overweight.

Depending on how you cook and prep your foods, though, you may be unknowingly undermining your diet.

  • Washing raw meat or poultry won’t make it clean or free of bacteria
  • Overheated your cooking oil
  • Immediately adding chopped garlic to the sauté pan reduces the beneficial phytochemicals
  • Over cooking meat contains more cancer-causing carcinogens called heterocyclic amines (HCAs)
  • Overcooking cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) can strip them of their cancer-fighting potential
  • Removing the peel or toss away stems and green tops reduces valuable fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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